Survival Foods

Potatoes have long been a kitchen staple.

During the depression era, they were a life-saving, life-giving food.


*For more “survival food” recipes, check out the back of my novel, Blackberry Road. 


Pa Dubie’s Potato Soup

  • 1 quart potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 med. onion, chopped
  • Bacon (2-6 pieces) and drippings for seasoning, as desired
  • Salt and pepper
  • Water
  • Cornmeal
  • Green onions, chopped fine, optional

Peel and cube approximately 1-quart potatoes. Add chopped onion, salt, and pepper. Cover with as much water as you desire (depends on the size of your pot and how much soup you want). Fry 2-6 pieces of bacon and break into pieces. Set aside. When potatoes are cooked, hand mash and thicken with cornmeal. Add bacon pieces and a little grease if desired. Sprinkle chopped green onions on top; wild onions are best.

Comment from Jodi Lea Stewart: My grandma called my granddad “Pa Dubie.”
Comments from two of the eleven Woods kids:
Dad liked a skillet of cornbread with this soup — Dean
Always give this soup to people with mumps — Dimple

What recipes did your grandparents “fix” that filled hungry bellies but cost almost nothing?

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About Jodi Lea Stewart

Author Jodi Lea Stewart ~ Laughing Makes Everything Better! ~

Jodi Lea Stewart is a fiction author who believes in and writes about the triumph of the human spirit through overcoming adversity. With an Okie mom and a Texas stepdad, her writing reflects her life beginning in Texas and Oklahoma, later moving as a youngster to an Arizona cattle ranch next door to the Navajo Nation, and, as a young adult, resuming in her native Texas.

Growing up, she climbed petroglyph-etched boulders, bounced two feet in the air in the backend of pickups wrestling through washed-out terracotta roads, and rode horseback on the winds of her imagination through the arroyos and mountains of the Arizona high country. Her lifetime friendship with all nationalities, cowpunchers, and the southern gentry allows Jodi to write comfortably about anything in the Southwest and the South.


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What’s next from Jodi? Another epic historical fiction novel catapulting the reader out of Texas into Mexico, Argentina, and China and into the epicenter of another intriguing human drama. Look for it in 2022.

Other Recent AWARD-WINNING Publications by Jodi Lea Stewart

TRIUMPH, A NOVEL OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT is a 2021 International FIREBIRD First Place Multicultural Fiction Award Winner

5 Star Review - Triumph BookIf you loved To Kill a Mockingbird, and want a dramatic, different, and sometimes humorous version of New Orleans life, St. Louis, and Texas in the early to mid-century 1900s, all wrapped in beguiling plot twists and unforgettable characters, read TRIUMPH, a Novel of the Human Spirit by Jodi Lea Stewart.

Two children are ripped from their separate homes in 1903, one by a secretive Voodoo sect, the other one hidden out of blind fear. Their uncertain fates set in motion a series of events that reverberate decades later. Opening in the Louisiana swamps and moving into New Orleans and St. Louis—this novel weaves together three vivid storylines featuring two friends of different races defying the odds of their heritage and 1950s bigotry.

TRIUMPH was a finalist in three categories in the 2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards contest, won a Readers’ Favorite with Reviewers, and is also a 2021 Firebird First Place Award Winner in Multicultural Fiction.


BLACKBERRY ROAD is a 2020 International CHANTICLEER First Place Multicultural Award Winner



Trouble sneaks in one Oklahoma afternoon in 1934 like an oily twister. A beloved neighbor is murdered, and a single piece of evidence sends the sheriff to arrest a black man who Biddy, a sharecropper’s daughter, knows is innocent. Hauntingly terrifying sounds seeping from the woods lead Biddy into even deeper mysteries and despair and finally into the shocking truths of that fateful summer.


“Beyond the humor and entertaining antics of the main character, Biddy Woodson, BLACKBERRY ROAD has depth and meaning as it explores stirring universal themes that we expect in great literature” ~ D.B. Jackson, acclaimed Historical and Western author

BLACKBERRY ROAD is engaging, entertaining, and a book that is sure to linger with you . . . the trip is well worth the time ~ Cyrus Webb, Host of ConversationsLIVE, president of Conversations Radio Network, tv show host, author, and Amazon top reviewer



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